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Superintendent Austin Beutner Announces Additional Steps To Streamline Los Angeles Unified And Provide More Resources to Schools (04-18-21)

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Shannon Haber, 213-393-1289                             April 19, 2021

Superintendent Austin Beutner Announces Additional Steps
To Streamline Los Angeles Unified
And Provide More Resources to Schools
 

  • Board of Education authorizes Superintendent to evaluate the sale or lease of downtown real estate including district headquarters

  • Effort to realign use of real estate and location of administrative staff builds on progress in community of schools model

LOS ANGELES (April 19, 2021) – Superintendent Austin Beutner announced continued progress in efforts to streamline Los Angeles Unified and put resources at schools in local communities.

This builds on the work over the last two years to establish local teams to focus on each of the 44 communities served by the school district. Local teams help connect schools, teachers and staff with the students and families they serve in the community. Educators can plan together, families have an easier time getting issues resolved and have more access to services, community partners are better connected to neighborhood schools and the unique needs of each student can be better addressed in this very local approach. 

The next step in this process of decentralization is to evaluate real estate currently used by Los Angeles Unified for administrative purposes. The school district’s headquarters building on Beaudry Avenue is about 900,000 square feet which housed approximately 3,500 people before the pandemic. Like many large employers, Los Angeles Unified has learned how to balance remote and in-person work during this pandemic.  

Similarly, Los Angeles Unified owns 18 acres of land on San Pedro Street in downtown which is currently used primarily to park and service a portion of the school bus fleet. The land is quite valuable and could be redeveloped as office space or housing and it may be possible the fleet operations can be moved to less expensive sites or buses parked on publicly owned rights-of-way like utility transmission corridors. 

“The capable and experienced administrators, bus drivers, and others who work in these downtown sites play an invaluable role in the work at schools,” Superintendent Beutner said. “Through a combination of remote work and relocation to an office closer to where they live and work, these employees may benefit from shorter commutes as well as quicker access and closer connection to schools they support. And the redevelopment of these administrative sites might realize substantial sums of money which could be better used to provide direct services to students in schools.”

Superintendent Beutner continued, “We’ve been working for more than two years to put schools and their students back at the center of all we do and this is another step in that process. This realignment may also make it easier for some employees to work closer to home and to the schools they support. A win-win for students and employees – less commuting and more support for schools.” 

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